The five design residents of MAD Brussels
MAD Brussels, the centre for fashion and design, not only supports designers by offering them a place to stay and create for two years, but also offers them a tailor-made mentoring programme with workshops by experts, international contacts and exchanges with social and sustainable entrepreneurs. In total, the MAD Incubator, in the city centre, houses 10 designers chosen based on the economic potential, creative richness and social value of their project.
We are happy to introduce you the five design professionals who recently took up residence in the MAD Incubator. The selection consists of designers who address the current challenges of the design sector in an innovative, inclusive and sustainable way. From upcycling and recycling to the development of new technologies and production possibilities.
Meet our design residents
Studio Minimetre, Bérénice de Salvatore and Bastien Chevrier, is a studio specialising in 3d printing, pursuing a transversal and multidisciplinary vision of design, dividing its time between research, conception and transmission. Since 2019, they adapt their machines and aim to work only with materials of organic origin. They work with artisans and designers but also offer a 3d printing service. Since September, they have been one of 10 residents of the MAD Incubator to make their practice more circular and develop new materials and printing techniques.
Designer Guillaume Slizewick designs custom-made objects and installations for cultural institutions, governments and private companies wishing to explore complex social issues. In an engaging and interactive way, he designs tailor-made objects for any audience. He uses electronics and digital fabrication methods to create engaged experiences and objects. For example, he designed a lamp in which the strength of the light reflects the clarity of the air.
Architect Kana Arioka bases her furniture design, objects, clothing and graphic design on the Japanese artisanal origami tradition. FOLD UN FOLD explores space without boundaries or limits. Event, behaviour and place all come together in the process. Human actions therefore form the basis of Kana Arioka's creations such as contemporary kimonos and furniture pieces. It is about small, everyday gestures and how they visualise 'space'.
Textile designer Margot Van Den Berghe creates her own visual language: an alphabet consisting of shapes and colours. Her work is a continuous process of becoming. On the border between art and design, autonomous and functional, she refuses to choose one or the other. Margot mainly uses leftover materials that she patiently collects. Seemingly worthless materials are transformed into valuable pieces.
Design for Resilience is a textile research studio for sustainable living founded by designer Vanessa Colignon. The studio uses eco-friendly and Belgian materials, namely linen and hemp, which are turned into knitted textiles. The products are 100% natural and compostable, ethically produced, zero waste and without the use of plastic. A first collection consists of beautiful household linens.
In addition to these product developers, we also have five fashion designers in residence. Find out who they are here:
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